Further and higher education in Guernsey is undergoing a significant period of transformation in order to create one single organisation, with the aim of bringing each facet of the system 'under one roof'.
Eventually, this will become a physical roof, with a purpose built facility where the College of Further Education's (College of FE) Les Ozouets Campus currently stands, but work on bringing The Guernsey Institute to life is already well underway.
The Guernsey Institute will see the three on-island providers of further and higher education brought together: the College of FE, the GTA University Centre and the Institute of Health & Social Care Studies. Previously, while these organisations were all in the higher and further education sector, they each operated as individual entities. The Guernsey Institute will see one board and one senior leadership team running all three, eventually from one purpose built site, while still allowing each to keep their own identities.
Which institutions make up The Guernsey Institute?
- TGI has three member organisations:
- The College of Further Education welcomes thousands of students who enrol on courses every year, from vocational qualifications for 14 to 16 year olds, to adult and community education. The College of FE offers more than 300 different courses from part-time evening classes to apprenticeships and full-time degree level courses.
- The GTA University Centre works with providers of higher education and advanced training to deliver a wide range of courses at its teaching centre in the heart of St Peter Port. Courses range from two-hour seminars on specialist topics such as anti-money laundering or personal effectiveness to two year Master's degree programmes in Management, HR and Corporate Governance.
- The Institute for Health & Social Care Studies offers training courses for nurses and other health professionals, fulfilling the needs of the Bailiwick. The opportunity to train as a registered nurse and gain a degree awarded by Middlesex University is the starting point for many people career within the Guernsey Health Services. They are currently operating out of a purpose built facility at the PEH. Its courses are delivered by a team of highly skilled staff.
- Across these three organisations, the Institute encompasses five separate campuses, all of varying quality. The hope is the physical element of the transformation will condense those five sites into one at Les Ozouets - which is currently one of three College of Further Education campuses. Consultation on how exactly this new facility will be comprised is set to come, but the aim is to have the new build be a long term home for all three member organisations.
The future for the organisation was agreed by the States of Deliberation in March 2020, when the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture brought a policy letter for debate. This policy letter recommended that the States continue the development of The Guernsey Institute, despite a pause and review now due to take place on plans to reform secondary education. While that review will look at four different models of secondary education, the States agreed that it should preclude any models which were not compatible with the agreed arrangements for The Guernsey Institute.
Work to establish The Guernsey Institute started in January 2018, when the States directed the Committee to create a single organisation for full and part-time technical, professional and vocational studies in Guernsey.
What work has gone into developing the idea of TGI?
- After the States directed work to start on The Guernsey Institute at the beginning of 2018, Peter Marsh Consulting Limited was commissioned to provide a report on the further and higher estate planning - this can be downloaded from this page. (Please note: due to size restrictions it has been separated into two main documents with 3 appendices.)
- In May 2018, an Integrated Working Group (IWG) was formed to develop the plans for integrating post-16 education providers. The group was chaired by Professor Richard Conder, non-voting member of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, with the Principal of the CofFE, the Head of the IHSCS and the Chief Executive of the GTA UC also included. The working group has been vital in bringing the leadership of the organisations together to collaborate and develop the process of integration.
Integration became effective at the start of July in 2019, and The Guernsey Institute started operation. It is being led by a Shadow Board of Governors, which was appointed in August 2019, and an Executive Principal, who, for the next two years, will work with the Committee to lead the transformation programme of The Guernsey Institute.
Alongside the Shadow Board - which will become a fully-fledged board as work to update the existing Education Law is progressed - and the Executive Principal, the leaders of the three member organisations of The Guernsey Institute make up the senior leadership team.
Additionally, the Committee aim to have The Guernsey Institute partner with a UK University to obtain University College status.